discovery programme


In association with Kali Theatre, Discovery is a free writing programme for aspiring female playwrights of South Asian descent*, which runs from September 2021 - March 2022.

Hampstead Theatre is the London partner of Discovery. For writers in the North East and North West of England, Discovery is also run in collaboration with Oldham Coliseum and Leeds Playhouse.

Open to UK based female writers of South Asian descent* who are eligible to live and work in the UK, and who have not had a play presented as a full production. No previous playwriting experience is necessary.

The programme is led by Kali's Artistic Director Helena Bell and includes:

  • 3 playwriting workshops led by leading female practitioners
  • Dramaturgical support to develop their 10-page submission into a 20-minute play
  • Rehearsal with actors and director
  • Two public performances of a staged reading as part of a showcase for industry, friends and family
  • A bursary towards travel expenses and childcare

The Reader Panel at each venue will read and select the four most promising plays. We will let you know the outcome by mid-September.

The deadline for applications was Thursday 29 July. Successful applicants will be contacted in due course.

*At least one parent must be descended from the diasporas of the Indian subcontinent